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Poster: deadpolitics Date: Mar 10, 2011 1:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: My unplug the cable experiment(non-GD)

Nothing like getting rid of luxuries to start really appreciating what you have. My engineer brain is guessing that your inverter is hooked up to a solar photovoltaic panel on your roof? The inverter is needed to convert from DC to AC forms of electricity.

Would you remind me again of what you and your husband do for work in... Nepal, is it?

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Mar 10, 2011 9:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: My unplug the cable experiment(non-GD)

My non-engineer brain hasn't got a clue. It's hooked to the regular electrical supply, though. We do have passive solar for hot water. We've talked about active, but it's pricey and not our own house. Maybe later.

My husband does nonprofit work, and he's also from here originally. I lived here in the 90s, too. This pretty much says what we spent the last 10 years thinking. My husband would be the guy hanging himself with his tie, LOL.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wd3Mt8JBBBg

Here's a more down-n-dirty shot of our neighborhood. Was on that street yesterday to buy paint, then painting a room (with GD on, of course!). Have to go back there today to get more. So this is my life when I'm not enjoying wasting time with you nutcases :-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ei5ENajmDQI

I'm a journalist, and eventually I'll stop deciding I'm on vacation and actually do some work. Plus, I homeschool our kid, which means I double as a mean and cruel math teacher. Mwaa haaa haaa. But I'm being happily lazy for the moment, official work-wise.





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Poster: deadpolitics Date: Mar 11, 2011 10:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: My unplug the cable experiment(non-GD)

Is there a battery that is charged by the inverter so that you have emergency power when the electricity in the city is off?

This is used frequently instead of a backup generator if the power goes out.

The inverter is needed to go between AC (power lines) and DC (battery) and back to AC for your appliances, stereo, etc.

That is really cool that you guys get to travel like this as a family. It's great for your son to have this cultural experience as he is in his formative stages!

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Mar 12, 2011 1:16am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: My unplug the cable experiment(non-GD)

So that's what the inverter's for, eh? I just thought of it as the name for the whole setup. Or maybe the thing that sends magic words to the battery. But yes, there's a battery, and they're hooked together. Some people do have diesel generators, but those are loud, polluting and expensive. The inverter setup works OK, though. I'm writing this on inverter power :-)

Btw the city is divided into zones, and the blackouts are scheduled, rolling ones called load shedding. I think it's that way across South Asia. So we have to do things like plan our Video Nights. We have electricity tonight at 8 p.m., so ... Video Night!


This post was modified by AltheaRose on 2011-03-12 09:16:05

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